Medina Spirit gained the 147th Kentucky Derby on Saturday evening.
Coach Bob Baffert picked up his seventh Derby win – probably the most wins by a coach within the occasion.
Baffert mentioned after the race he was “thrilled” to win once more. It’s the coach’s second consecutive Derby victory. In final yr’s occasion, his horse Genuine gained the race.
“I simply can’t consider … It hasn’t sunken in but,” Baffert mentioned when requested about successful his seventh Derby. “I really like the document and all that however you recognize what it’s a type of issues the place I’m simply so thrilled as a result of while you win you by no means know for those who’re ever gonna be again. It’s so troublesome.”
Baffert’s first victory on the Derby got here in 1997 when Silver Appeal crossed the end line in first place. After that, Actual Quiet (1998), Conflict Emblem (2002), American Pharoah (2015) and Justify (2018) would turn out to be victors.
He broke Ben Jones’ document. He had six Kentucky Derby victories between 1938 and 1952.
Mandaloun and Scorching Rod Charlie completed in second and third place respectively. Important High quality, the favourite to the Derby, was neck-and-neck with a number of the high horses however ended up ending in fourth place.
John Velazquez was the jockey to journey Medina Spirit to victory. It was his fourth win on the Kentucky Derby for his profession. He additionally rode Genuine to victory final yr.
Greater than 51,000 have been in attendance for the occasion after the venue had no followers within the 2020 race due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The subsequent large race on the calendar is the Preakness Stakes. That occasion is ready to be held on Could 15 at Pimlico Race Course.